Minnesota Governor cancels Monday classes statewide - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Gov. Walker encouraging districts to make decisions on school closings


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Walker's office says he continues to monitor weather conditions but is encouraging local governments and school districts to make their own decisions regarding closures during the extreme cold forecast for Sunday through Tuesday.

Below is the latest statement from Gov. Walker's spokesman:

Governor Walker will continue to monitor conditions day-by-day as it relates to the operation of state government.  Local governments and school districts are encouraged to make individual determinations regarding school and government closures.  Wisconsin Emergency Management is working closely with local and regional partners to provide any resources necessary during this time.  



(WKOW) -- Governor Walker's office sent us the following statement about the possibility of closing schools statewide Monday.


Our top priority in this situation is the safety of Wisconsin's school children, and while this has most commonly been an issue for individual districts to decide, Governor Walker will consider this option and continue to closely monitor the situation with the appropriate state agencies.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKOW) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced he is canceling all public school classes statewide on Monday ahead of dangerous cold.

Dayton  says the safety of Minnesota's school children is the state's first priority. Dayton says all Minnesotans should be cautious about the weather in the coming days.

This is the first time a Minnesota governor has closed schools in response to cold weather since January 1997, when former Gov. Arne Carlson canceled schools as temperatures plunged to 32 below in the Twin Cities. Carlson also closed schools in January 1994 and February 1996.

WKOW has called and emailed the Governor's office here in Wisconsin to see if that too could be a measure he would announce.

We will keep you covered on all things weather here on www.wkow.com and on 27 News starting on 27 News at 5 tonight and through the cold weather.

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